NAGA CITY (15-Oct-2012/PNA) – The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga passed recently the Solo Parents’ Ordinance of Naga giving special privileges to solo parents and their children in consonance with Republic Act (RA) 8972 otherwise known as the Solo Parents’ Act of 2000.
The ordinance authored by City Councilors Nelson Legacion and Raoul Rosales said the ordinance aims to especially assist the single parents in raising their family especially those who are burdened with economic difficulty.
Legacion and Rosales added that they foresee a substantial number of solo parents in Naga City in the upcoming years, thus a need for a decree that will respond to their need for economic security, among others.
Aside from the stipulated and declared policy of the State pursuant to Section 2 of RA 8972, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of this city, will provide funds to finance projects such as livelihood assistance, guidance through counseling and critical stress debriefing and other related endeavor.
To ensure that children of solo parents can still avail of education, the ordinance would also grant Tertiary Scholarship assistance, subject to the accomplishment of the requirements provided under City Ordinance 2010-063. This allows an allocation of 15 percent of the scholarship slot to the children of solo parents.
Under the Basic Educational Services of the City, it also gives priority to children of solo parents who will be included in the city’s Sanggawadan Program – an initiative of the city which allows less privileged students to receive free rice allocation and school supplies from the City Social Welfare Office.
Solo parents under the ordinance will also automatically become members of the city’s Quality Universal Elementary and High School Education in Naga, popularly known as the QUEEN Program, which aims to ensure that all schoolchildren in Naga City will have an access to and will complete quality elementary and high school education.
This is also aligned with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitment of the country which specifically pushes for a more accessible access of school children to complete primary education by 2015.
Aside from the educational assistance, the ordinance also specified housing services to the solo parents and their children as well as death or burial assistance, medical assistance and other privileges and benefits that the city is currently giving or may subsequently offer.
A solo parent office under the direct supervision of the City Social Welfare and Development shall be created to specifically coordinate with other agencies of the government for the effective delivery of their services. (PNA)